I am so happy to bring you into a conversation today with someone I’m just getting to know myself. Usually the guests I bring on to the show, I’ve been in relationship with for a while, some I’ve been friends with for years and years. Shannon Millard is an exception, in more ways than one :-0) She’s one of the few guests I did not know first hand before interviewing her but I felt like I knew her because I have known her husband, Bart, since 1993.
As I suspected, this woman is as real as it gets. She’s a deep well and you’ll love hearing how she was able to finally sort out where her identity comes from, with a little help from her friend, Bob Goff.
You’ll want to go all the way past the outtro music to hear about Shannon’s wardrobe malfunction during a high school basketball game- it’s the longest outtake we’ve ever had in six seasons of this podcast but you’ll see why it was impossible to cut anything out. And you’re welcome.
Today, you and I will also get to hear what it’s been like for Shannon to see her life depicted on the big screen… you know the little film, “I Can Only Imagine,” which of course is based on the song by the same name, written by her husband, Bart Millard. https://www.amazon.com/Can-Only-Imagine-Madeline-Carroll/dp/B07BLJ4MD7
After hearing Shannon’s reminder to us about our stories being the most effective witnessing tool we have, here’s a challenge- WRITE OUT YOUR STORY. Even if it doesn’t become a major motion picture, it might make it easier for you to share it when you’re on the soccer field or in the produce aisle or the carline. It’s really helped me- I’ve written it out a few times since this interview and shared little snippets when I’ve been given the opportunity.
Shannon describes the beginning of her faith walk as a Matthew 7:7 approach “Ask, and it will be given to you” but as she’s been growing in her friendship with Jesus, she is now living out more of a Mark 14 way of thinking……. “Not my will but Thine be done.”
She’s honest about her struggles with parenting, homeschooling and grieving the loss of her younger brother who was killed tragically and how his death caused her to really doubt God’s goodness and how God convinced her after 14 years of asking why.
The song Shannon mentioned is “Even If” written by MercyMe, David Garcia, Ben Glover, Crystal Lewis, Tim Timmons https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1&q=mercyme+even+if
At the end, I’ll read Ps 139 in honor of Shannon and Bart’s union- Let the words wash over you. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+139&version=AMP